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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2010, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Some of you may remember Freddie, the Yellow Naped Amazon that I was considering a few months ago. Freddie is still for sale, at a very reasonable price. He started at $3000, and has now dropped to $1800, including cage. Freddie is five. Puberty will be soon, I assume. Some YNAs are problematic during puberty. Here's the owner comments on Freddie:

He's very friendly, has never bitten.
He loves all people, especially women. He greets a woman with Hey Baby
He says his prayers, ...which means I will have to learn to pray...LOL!
He sings How Much is that Doggie in the Window, and Rubber Duckie
He's a very good talker, and is very interactive, and intelligent.
He seems very well trained, and is handled easily.

I do feel the owner is being truthful, for the simple reason that he has offered me a one month trial. If the owner is not being candid, I would figure that out in a month....

The unknown is what is scaring me. I can have a one month trial with Freddie, so that should give me a feel for Freddie as he is now, but puberty will be another thing. Freddie, according to the owner, has never been naughty. Puberty will hit...I have no clue how that will be for Freddie. I can deal with not handling or modified handling, but I KNOW I cannot deal with screaming. Amazons are loud, but not prone to screaming. He may talk loudly, sing loudly, or even make a crow like noise...not of which will bother me, or at least I don't think it will....

It's a HUGE commitment. I'm 55 years old, so Freddie may very well outlive me. In 20years, am I going to want to be dealing with an Amazon daily??? I have no clue...

The intelligence of this type of bird, and the interaction level that they afford, is what appeals to me. The talking is part of the "charm" .....Maybe I'll get tired of talking to Freddie in a few years! Again, I can't see that far down the road...I love my little birds, but I can't lose this "craving" for a bigger bird. I miss Chico's antics, talking and all around personality. A Cape Parrot is probably more my style, but they're hard to come by in Canada.

I think some of you know my style fairly well, now. I'm not likely to spoil a bird, or encourage bad behavior. I can be firm with "rules" and I think any animal, bird, etc. needs to know what will be tolerated and what will not. Birds have instinctual behaviors and need to be respected, but in sharing my home, there has to be some boundaries...biting being one of them. Freddie seems to be a rather easy YNA, and I have read much to indicate that the reputation that they have is a bit of a "myth"...

I have researched until I'm "blue in the face." I'm still thinking....maybe if I have to think this much about it, my "gut" may be trying to tell me this is a bad idea....

Are there any Amazon owners here?

Yellow Naped Amazon...Frederico...Freddie...Fred
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How far away would you have to go to meet him? Is it feasible for you to travel to just meet him before you decide whether or not to do the month trial?

I don't own an amazon. I've only known of two actual adult male yellow napes in my life. One is owned by a couple I know who are now in their 80s. He has never been a screamer. I've never heard him do anything except talk a little bit. He has never hurt anyone. He has been sexually mature since I have known the family. They've never even mentioned him becoming hormonal, so I suppose they haven't had any difficulty dealing with whatever happened. They moved away a few years ago and I don't see them very much now, so I can't ask for more particulars. I do know that both the husband and wife could handle him without fear and he was not noisy. He has to be in his 30's by now.

The other one I know of is 28 and also he is not a screamer. He is not what one would term cuddly, but he is also not vicious.

I've known of a couple of double yellow heads and they were very noisy birds, but these two yellow napes are not noisy except that they do talk.

Sorry I don't know anything more.
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The plan is to do the four hour drive, and spend an hour or two with Freddie. I need to watch how they handle him. I'd like to handle him myself, and have Ken handle him. We'd probably overnight, and bring him home the next day.

I'm still thinking. I decide I'm going to do it, and then I start talking myself out of it...It's very odd. Ken said today, that if I had considered all the possibilities when we decided to get pregnant, as I am doing with Freddie, we would be childless!

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